In 2021, Huawei showed rock-solid resilience | Africa News


Huawei published its annual report for the year 2021 on Monday, March 28. Despite a difficult year marked by American sanctions, the still delicate global health context and finally, the recent conflict in Ukraine, Huawei has shown resilience and achieved 17 .8 billion USD in net profits, an increase of 75.9% on an annual basis.[1] The company’s business performance has been largely in line with the expectations and expectations of the Chinese equipment manufacturer, with revenue amounting to USD 99.9 billion in 2021, proof of its excellent resilience.

Committing to R&D, the cornerstone of Huawei’s strategy

Notwithstanding the demanding challenges Huawei faced in 2021, its business activities have held up in many areas and this year has seen new partnerships emerge, while old ones have deepened and strengthened.

For 2022, the leader in Chinese infrastructure has chosen to invest massively in research and development, in order to neglect and strengthen its resilience. Indeed, in 2021, Huawei increased its R&D effort to a record $22.4 billion – representing 22.4% of the company’s total revenue – and expects to continue to increase it in the coming years. to come. R&D expenditure and expenditure ratio both reached their highest level in the past ten years, so that Huawei ranked second in the European Union’s R&D scoreboard. 2021 industrial R&D investments[2].

In view of these excellent results, the year 2022 appears full of promise for the Chinese equipment manufacturer, leader in technological infrastructures and the supply of solutions. Wanting to contribute to the establishment of a connected developed world, where everyone has access to digital technologies, Huawei will not deviate from this mission in 2022, including on the African continent.

A reiterated commitment to the socio-economic development of Africa

Huawei’s goal is to enable all African populations to access digital services in order to create value to support the continent’s sustainable development, which requires greater use of green energy. This desire to go more towards carbon neutrality is part of Huawei’s current and future actions on the continent, which is particularly vulnerable to the effects of global warming. Or, more and more operators and companies operating in the energy sector have become aware of the importance of taking these ecological issues into account in their strategy. Huawei intends to help them achieve this goal through the implementation of innovative solutions adapted to different situations. The Chinese equipment manufacturer has thus worked with operators and partners around the world to create a simplified, green and intelligent ICT infrastructure.[3]. By the end of the year, Huawei’s innovative digital solutions enabled customers to generate 482.9 billion kilowatt hours of green energy, while saving 14.2 billion kilowatt hours of electricity.[4]

On the African continent, and in Cameroon more particularly, the Group has deployed the Rural Solar Power solution, which combines rural networks and solar energy and forms a self-sufficient ecosystem comprising agriculture, electricity and mobile applications. Since 2014, Huawei has signed three phases of this project with the Cameroonian Ministry of Water and Energy. In total, 350 villages and 40,000 households have been able to have easier access to reliable and green electricity sources thanks to this solution. Similarly, in Ethiopia, Huawei has integrated more than 400 sites with the “Advanced Hybrid Power” solution, which uses solar energy to supply power to stations, ensuring the connection between mobile phones and the telephone network or the Internet communication network. The results of this solution have been successful as it has saved more than 12 million liters of diesel fuel per year while consuming the carbon emissions of 2,850 tonnes each year.[5]

In addition, in Africa even more than elsewhere, the year 2021 has been a pivotal year due to the upheavals caused by the Covid-19 crisis, particularly in the medical and educational sectors. In this context, Huawei has increased and renewed its commitment to local populations in order to offer them personalized solutions. In Morocco, the equipment manufacturer has thus made available an artificial intelligence (AI) solution to improve the efficiency of detecting patients positive for Covid-19. Regarding education, Huawei has doubled its investments in the sector through the establishment of flagship programs such as Seeds for the Future or the ICT Academy. To date, this latest initiative has trained more than 56,000 people in the North Africa region alone, i.e. 28 countries on the continent. These significant investments underline Huawei’s commitment to and on the continent, as well as its desire to create African connections through the signing of agreements with the governments of different African countries.[6]. After two years characterized by the pandemic, the American sanctions, then, more recently by the war in Ukraine, Huawei had to and knew how to be more resilient than ever. Information and communication technologies (ICT) have become an essential tool for defeating the virus and reinventing oneself on the international and African scene, while being a key lever for economic recovery. In 2021, Huawei reiterated its commitment to working with carriers and industry partners while valuing collaborations between the private and public sector. The Group is committed to being a privileged partner of the countries in which it operates on the African continent and will therefore continue in 2022, its collaboration with its partners and in fact, has strengthened its resilience.

[1] Huawei Annual Report 2021.

[2] Data Center Mag, “Huawei No. 2 in EU Global Industrial R&D Investment Ranking” (2021)

[3] Tech Tribune, “Highlights of Huawei’s 5G Products and Services at MWC 2022” (2022)

[4] Speech by Karl Song.

[5] Le Point, “Huawei: “We want to show the potential of Africa! (2021).

[6] Le Point, “Huawei: “We want to show the potential of Africa! (2021).

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